Crime so far this year

Crime is down 9% in 12 Division as we pass the halfway point of 2014, according to police.

To June 30, there had been:

  • 0 murders
  • 31 sexual assaults
  • 297 assaults
  • 100 robberies
  • 95 breaks and enters
  • 88 auto thefts
  • 10 thefts over $5000

In total, the police recorded 621 major crimes. Last year at this time there were 682.

Assaults are the most common kind of crime in 12 Division, but the vast majority of these are not street assaults. Assaults are down 22%.

Crime

There is bad news, too: there have been 100 robberies in 12 Division. By this time last year, there had been 75. In 2012, a very bad year, there were only 90.

This is depressing. In the interim, a stolen cellphone database was created to stem the thefts. Clearly, this has not deterred robberies in 12 Division, though they are down significantly in Toronto as a whole. Street cameras were also installed at a few locations in Weston, but, because the statistics cover much more area than the town, it impossible to say if they have had any effect on local crime. Worryingly, TAVIS, which brought high-visibility community policing, was eliminated this year.

It bears repeating that only a portion of the above crimes happened in this community. 100,000 people live in 12 Division, but only 16,000 live in Weston. The Toronto Police have not updated the crime maps since late last year, so more local data is not available.

 

 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “Crime so far this year”

  1. …and without TAVIS, street crime will continue to go up.

    Robberies are usually crimes of opportunity, and a couple of police officers cruising by in a car every half hour with their eyes peeled to see if your Grandma’s forgot to renew the plates on her Buick, isn’t going to prevent anything.

    Cameras also have a proven track record of failure, at most deterring crime in a very limited area, often they provide no useful information for crimes which take place in plain view.

    Sure, we can talk about the social causes of crime, but how many crimes would be prevented with just one cop walking a beat at Jane and Lawrence? This is old fashioned idea, though decidedly unsexy, has been proven successful in other cities.

    So why is TAVIS a special programme requiring funding from Queen’s Park, rather than routine policing?

    And why is a sizable and distinct urban neighborhood of 16,000 people with a serious (relatively speaking) crime problem under the supervision of a police division tasked with covering an area over five times as large?

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